A HAIRDRESSER said it 'means the world' for the team to be voted as a finalist of The Mail's Best Hairdresser or Barber 2024 competition. 

On Monday (June 10) we launched the award with readers nominating their favourite to make the coveted shortlist.

Ken Riley Barbers on 53-55 Crellin Street in Barrow has been selected as one of the top ten finalists by the readers.

Sarah Ramsay and her husband Dean Ramsay took over the business last year.

Sarah, who has been a hairstylist for 27 years, said hearing her business had made it to the top 10 was 'amazing'.

She said: "There are so many talented hairdressers and barbers and salons in this industry we feel very humbled our lovely clients have voted for us. It really does mean the world to us we all love what we do so for us to be voted makes it feel extra special."

When asked about why she thinks she should win the competition, Sarah said: "Ken Riley team are so passionate about their work and I genuinely couldn’t ask for a better team.

"They are more than just colleagues, they are like a big family - they support one another daily and make sure the shop runs smoothly six days a week even in roles like putting the wheelie bins out on bin day to make sure the shops are kept clean and tidy and opens and closes daily. They have such a lovely bond which shows through the salons. They keep the salons running smoothly daily.

"All the stylists are self-employed but work as a team each and every one of them brings something to the business and it never goes unnoticed. The atmosphere is electric so friendly and welcoming and we welcome our clients in as part of the family too."

Readers can vote for their favourite finalist by picking up a newspaper copy until Saturday, July 6.

After this final voting stage has concluded, the winner will be crowned as The Mail's 'Hairdresser or Barber 2024' during the week commencing Monday, July 15.

Tom Murphy, head of digital at Newsquest Cumbria, said: "Remember to pick up a copy of The Mail to give your favourite a chance to win."